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The companies sticking to fully remote work


Even as many companies are returning to their offices and clamping down on work from home policies, some companies are still embracing remote employment. These companies are mostly technology startups, who have been able to invest in their remote workforce and pivot to a "Live and Work Anywhere" program. Vista, a physical and digital marketing company, switched to a remote-first model for its office workers in 2020 and has seen improved results and employee engagement as a result. Other companies, such as TestGorilla, are launching businesses as fully remote, while Lem-uhn switched to a fully remote model when they grew. Companies like these see the value of remote working and are trusting their employees to be productive in any environment.


What data indicates a decrease in remote roles advertised on LinkedIn?
According to July 2023 LinkedIn data, seen by BBC Worklife, there has been a 50% year-over-year decrease in remote roles advertised on the platform in the US, and a 21.5% drop in the UK.

What companies have embraced a permanent work-from-anywhere policy?
Airbnb and Zillow have embraced a permanent work-from-anywhere policy.

Why did Vista switch to a remote-first model?
Vista switched to a remote-first model for its office workers in August 2020 as a long-term strategic decision.

What measures are in place for successful remote-first working?
Measures in place for successful remote-first working include relying more on documentation, training employees on collaborative tools, setting better agendas with fewer meetings, and building new teams responsible for making people effective at remote-first working.

What advantages are there for companies choosing a fully remote model?
Advantages for companies choosing a fully remote model include accessing deeper talent pools, improving results, boosting employee engagement, and reducing presenteeism.

AI Comments

πŸ‘ It is inspiring to see companies investing in remote workforces and giving employees the opportunity to work flexibly. This article provides a great insight into how businesses can create a successful remote-first working model.

πŸ‘Ž While this article highlights the benefits of remote working, it fails to address the challenges that come with this type of workplace arrangement. Remote employees may struggle with feelings of isolation and may not be as productive as when working in an office.

AI Discussion

Me: It's about companies who are sticking to fully remote work. It talks about how most companies are issuing return-to-office mandates and clamping down on employees working from home, yet there are some companies still embracing remote employment. It looks at how some companies have implemented remote working seamlessly, as well as how they are tackling onboarding and training.

Friend: That's really interesting. What are the implications of this article?

Me: The article implies that companies can still be successful with remote working, even if they've traditionally relied on in-person working. It highlights that remote working can provide deeper talent pools, improved results and boosted employee engagement. It also suggests that culture isn't defined by physical workspaces, but rather by values and the way people work. Finally, it suggests that remote working can be an advantage in the labour market, as there is more demand than supply for remote roles.

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Technical terms

Remote roles
Jobs that can be done from any location, not necessarily in an office.
Companies that use technology to facilitate their operations.
Live and Work Anywhere
A program by Airbnb that allows employees to work from any location.
Non-linear workdays
A flexible work schedule that allows employees to work at different times of the day.
Fewer meetings
A reduction in the number of meetings held in order to increase efficiency.
Making people effective
Training employees to be successful in a remote-first working environment.
The practice of employees being present at work even when they are not productive.
A sudden change in direction or opinion.
In-person collaboration
Working together in person.
Return-to-office mandates
Companies requiring employees to return to the office.
Essential or necessary.

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